Q&A: Tracy K. Smith
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author turns to a new form in Ordinary Light, her revealing look back on her childhood and her mother’s death
The best NYC writing classes
Harness your inner Zadie Smith or Jonathan Lethem at these stellar writing workshops, for every type of writer on every type of budget
The most anticipated books of early 2015
It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions, like planning to read loads of excellent literature in the year ahead (because you’ve already read all the best books of 2014, right?). To help, we’ve gathered up early 2015’s most exciting book releases, including new work from our favorite New York authors, thought-provoking nonfiction from an incomparable journalist and poetry, always poetry. Some big-hitting names also have books out soon, like Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years. But here, we’ve chosen to highlight some of the auspicious forthcoming books that are flying a little lower on the radar. We can’t wait to read them all.
Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks
A literary pop-culture mash-up, the second annual BookCon arrives in NYC for an afternoon of author Q&As, literary trivia games, panel discussions and more....
Eat, Drink & Be Literary
This series of casual literary evenings features a buffet dinner, including wine and dessert, and a reading from a noteworthy writer, followed by a moderated...
Elizabeth Alexander in Conversation
The poet, renowned for reading an original poem at President Obama’s inauguration, celebrates her poignant new memoir, The Light of the World, alongside The...
Yum's the Word
This ongoing storytelling series, produced and hosted by Robin Gelfenbien, is also a party: Audience members are invited to feast on her multiple homemade...
New York's best bookstores and readings
Best bookstores in New York City
The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find
Best specialty bookstores in New York City
For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel
Best reading series in New York City
From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots
Best storytelling shows in New York City
If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few.
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LIVE from the NYPL
One of the city’s most prestigious and, simply, best talk and reading series returns for another brilliant season
To Kill a Mockingbird sequel
In what may be the biggest literary news of the 21st century so far, beloved one-hit wonder Harper Lee announced today that she will publish a second novel this summer, starring Scout Finch 20 years later
Interview: Shaun Usher
Letters of Note editor and author Shaun Usher reveals that the best way to study history is to read other people’s letters
Interview: Julia Cooke
The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today, from the trade embargo to the espresso